Pailhead (5197) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Bottle: Aroma is a combination of fruit, sweet chocolate, black licorice, and alcohol. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head that lasts a minute or so. Quck initial creamy malt flavor then coffee and chocolate are quickly added in the finish. Alcohol presence is not all that strong, just barely sneaks thru. It increases as you drink, and gets to the point where it’s slihgtly overpowering. Moderately strong mocha and coffee aftertaste that is short lived.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 No a coupel of years later I find this one much more intressting! It´s ful od aroma and flavors. Nose brings rasin, coffe, sweet dark malt and plums. Flavor got burnt wood, tar and chocolat. The mouthfeel is like a bomb! OLD RATING:6,3,6,3,13 Dark brown. Nutty and a litte vinous in taste. Lots of malt and bitternes in taste.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rasputin’s fabled 13-inch member couldn’t hit as hard as this brew. Super malty and nutty and bitter and dense. The Mad Monk makes Guinness cry
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2007 Bottled, Stockholm Beer Festival.
Deep dark brown. Vineous, fruity nose with notes of cocoa. Flavour is big malty, starts off fruity, then finishes with a big but balanced bitterness. Cocoa is very evident all along. Low alhpa hops in large quantities. Very quaffable.
pineypower (2587) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Pours out a deep black color with a small tan head. It has a coffee aroma when poured out. The taste is very complex with a thick mouthfeel with notes of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells of coffee and baker’s chocolate. Pours out dark in color with a thick tan head. A nice lacing adds a little something special. Tastes heavily of chocolate and coffee. Excelllent mouthfeel. Light alcohol finish. A really excellent imperial.
DrnkMcDermott (2845) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Bottle.Rating #400! So, Papa Grigori, we meet at last. A seductive deep roast flavor rises from that first sip. I detect a not unexpected raisiny note to you, and then something that whispers in my ear, "cherries." For something in such a tiny bottle, your taste is big and strong, deep and dark, deep and dark. Am I aware of your stoutish bitterness, that cuts through the smoothness of your malts. Yes, I am, Papa Perhaps it is from the time the Romanov partisans tried to drown you in the Neva.
So I made my fourth hundred reviews in a little over 4 months. That trip to Russia sure help me find new cheap beers. Still, pretty good for a homebrewer with cases of his own stuff to drink.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic brew. Indeed warming, rises right up your nostrils, makes you want to barge outside the bar and stir things up on the Upper East Side (had at David Copperfields, NYC). Excellent fidelity in glass, no distaste at all. Shockingly wonderful. Delicious aftertaste on the tounge, tasted like boxed chocolates. Mm! Especially good for the style.
sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful-looking beer, nearly black with a huge, creamy, brown head with serious staying power. Aroma pretty roasty with lots of chocolate and some dark fruit. Flavor quite roasty, super-malty, nutty, vanilla, and coffee; superb alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is very strong--slick and silky and creamy; long, lingering roast finish. Overall, I don’t find this beer quite as enjoyable as the individual components’ ratings might suggest. While it is very good, it’s not particularly easy-drinking. Still, excellent stout.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Black color with a head of light mocha. Crude nose, with fruity and resinous hops, which is not what I want to smell when I dip my nose into an Imperial, sorry. Flavor is fairly thin, lacking richness, excessively bitter and hoppy. Lightly watery texture. A mediocre Imperial, and while my natural hophead tendencies make me want to like it, in terms of style, there is absolutely no malt complexity.